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You Can Now Bid on Business Class Upgrades With Air Berlin

Where: Berlin, Germany
August 12, 2014 at 11:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

A few months ago, we wrote about how we enjoyed our experience in Air Berlin's new lie-flat business class seats. Now, in theory, you have a chance to try them out on your own at a bargain on your next flight.

Announced yesterday, Air Berlin has launched an initiative that gives guests the option of bidding on an empty seat in business class up until 72 hours before departure. Winning bids will get a seat in business class as well as priority check-in, fast lane boarding, and lounge access.

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We All Scream for Ice Cream Aboard Air Berlin

Where: Germany
July 30, 2014 at 7:08 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’re roughly in the middle of the summer season, and with the warmer weather comes the need to cool down. Sure air conditioning is great—and kind of a necessity—but some cool treats are also always welcome. That’s especially the case up in the air, as it’s hard to beat a little ice cream at 35,000 feet.

This season—and in seasons past—airberlin is handing out ice cream to travelers heading out on their summer holidays. The premium ice cream comes to the airline and its passengers from Sylt restaurant, Sansibar, and travelers are offered up little 120mL cups—the same serving as those getting a little dessert at the restaurant.

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Take a Ride Down the Runway at Berlin's Forever Delayed Brandenburg Airport

Where: Berlin, Germany
July 17, 2014 at 10:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

You might not be able to fly into Berlin's new Brandenburg Airport terminal anytime soon, but if you want, you can take a bus ride down what will some day be its runway.

For those who haven't been following this story, the idea of the tour is a little humorous. This airport project, afterall, started all the way back in 2006 and has been an absolute nightmare for Berlin, with constant delays that have seen construction drag on for almost a decade. And it's not just about simple work delays. Political issues, including bribes, have come up, as well as an ever-curious case of the hiring a fake engineer.

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Berlin to Honor Fall of Wall with 8,000 Balloons, But is It Appropriate?

Where: Berlin, Germany
July 15, 2014 at 9:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

When it comes to historical travel, Germany attracts people from more nations than perhaps any other in the world. Not only did its actions during World War II affect the lives of those in a variety of countries, but the Holocaust is also arguably the most talked-about, war-related tragedy ever, piquing the curiosity of even those who had no connection to the actual events.

Yet, despite this opportunity to turn this world interest in its past into mass tourism and profits, visitors to Germany will see that it has been very good about not exploiting or glorifying its historical sites. In this travel writer’s opinion, there’s a simplicity to the presentation, a very admirable aspect of respect to the approach of preservation. The last thing the country wants is to appear as if it is proud of what took place in the years leading up to World War II.

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Unlimited Free WiFi Finds a Home at One of Europe's Busiest Airports

July 7, 2014 at 8:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

From New York City to Atlanta, some of the busiest airports in the world are finally flipping the switch on complimentary WiFi. It's better late than never, and we’re glad airports are finally getting the message. Now that complimentary connections are continuing to expand, its time to welcome's yet another major airport to the club.

Leave your credit card digits in your wallet, as Frankfurt Airport is now offering unlimited free WiFi to passengers 24 hours a day. Previously WiFi was limited to 60 minutes, but now you’re free to continue your time wasting—or work emails—until it's time to board that flight.

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Meet the World's Newest Airport Parking System, 'Robot Ray'

Where: Germany
July 2, 2014 at 9:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

The best new thing in airport parking garage technology has now arrived over at Germany's Dusseldorf Airport, and we're totally jealous of the locals who get to use it when leaving their cars behind.

Basically, the system is a robot valet that takes care of parking your car. It even has a cutesy name, Robot Ray. It doesn’t exactly drive your car into an available parking space - it actually lifts it up (think forklift) and carries it over to the appropriate spot.

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This Party in Hamburg Starts at Five in the Morning

June 17, 2014 at 11:37 AM | by | Comments (0)

If Berlin is Germany's best party city, then consider Hamburg a miniature version with its nightclub culture, red-light district, and the street-filled fiestas of the Reeperbahn. There's enough to keep you going through the next morning, and on a recent visit, we discovered the perfect place to watch the sunrise - and found something we never expected.

As the clock began to push 5 a.m., this travel writer was led by his friends out of the club, into the daylight. They all kept talking about this fish market, something that, in my 5 a.m. haze, I could not fully understand. Why on earth are you taking me to a fish market when we've been out partying all night? To the waterfront we went, away from the noise and the ridiculousness of the Reeperbahn. Little did I know, it was about to get even more ridiculous.

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Did You Know? Berlin Turned Its Old Airport into a Public Park

Where: Berlin, Germany
May 16, 2014 at 2:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

One of the first things this writer noticed upon landing in Berlin was the incredible amount of green space found within the city limits. From pockets of trees on street corners to sprawling parks, the Germans sure know how to keep their cities fresh, as visits to Munich, Dusseldorf, and Frankfurt would also confirm.

Berlin benefits from the fact that it was built over marshland, reaping the rewards of an extremely high water table. The joke is that Berliners have a conservation conflict - that is, the less water they use as a city, the more money they have to spend to pump out the excess. When walking or driving through the city, keep your eye out for the purple and blue pipes that run above the streets, and don't feel too bad about taking your time in the shower.

The Tempelhofer Park is the most notable of the few dozen found in Berlin, and certainly the most unique. It is the protected remains of the Berlin Tempelhof Airport that closed its doors in 2008 after nearly ninety years of operation.

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Make JFK Proud and Eat These Three Things in Berlin

Where: Berlin, Germany
May 16, 2014 at 11:43 AM | by | Comments (0)

In this addition of Street Food Friday, we head to Berlin to see what's cooking. While it does have some very strong traditions, it's important to note that Berlin is a huge international city where locals eat everything from burgers to Asian barbecue. Try the following local dishes along the way, but if you really want to live the local life, be sure to explore the Berlin's vast multicultural food scene.

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Where to Find '90s Subculture in Present Day Berlin

May 14, 2014 at 12:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

From the RAW complex in Friedrichshain

Yesterday, we explained why visiting Berlin sooner than later is an absolute must: The receding counter-culture of the 90s out of plain sight and into the depths of the city. But you can still find strong pockets of it in certain areas, and you'll want to pencil them in as part of your visit.

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Why Putting Off a Visit to Berlin is a Huge Mistake

Where: Berlin, Germany
May 14, 2014 at 11:14 AM | by | Comments (0)

When one of our contributors visited Berlin for the first time a few years ago, he made a comment about the large number of construction sites he saw throughout the city. On my visit this past weekend, I witnessed a similar scene, cranes towering high above the buildings in almost every direction. A casual observation on the surface, for sure, yet it provides deep insight into the state of the city when investigated further.

After the fall of the Wall in November of 1989, visitors to the former East Berlin would experience what I like to refer to as nothing short of a beautiful disaster. Communism was over, and no one was really sure what that meant in terms of property ownership, government jurisdiction, and social outlook. What transpired was a heavy counter-cultural scene, one filled with squatters, street art, and modern-day speakeasies. It became known as the party capital of Europe, where everyone would go to let their hair down. You can see glimpses of the scene in the photos that follow.

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Did You Know? Berlin Issues Fake DDR Passport Stamps

Where: Berlin, Germany
May 13, 2014 at 1:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you typically keep your passport locked up in the hotel safe while exploring a city, you're going to want to take it out on the town when you visit Berlin. You'll get the official stamp when you land at the airport, but you can get additional vintage and historical stamps for 1 Euro each at a small tourist shop in East Berlin (and occasionally near Brandenburg Gate).

What kind of stamps are we talking? They all come from a time when the Wall still stood and the city was separated into East and West Berlin. Think Checkpoint Charlie East and West, the Police of East Berlin, and the Wall House.

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